Friday, April 13, 2012

Mars may help compound Friday 13th woes: Raymond Merriman's 4/16/12 week comments

What a week, but the additional drop this Friday the 13th may be part of a continued sharp correction. Let's look at Raymond Merriman's weekly preview for his insights and financial astrology and cycles comments (thanks again, Ray!). These discussions of stocks, bonds, currencies, precious metals, crude oil, and other financial and economic matters are in addition to his analyses of other countries' markets, economy, and the social and political climate. Ray also provides detailed paid subscription services (daily, weekly and monthly) for the various markets, at his website always at the right side of the page. Here are Ray's comments for the upcoming week, from his site at Merriman Market Analyst - MMA Cycles Weekly Preview Comments:

MMA Comments for the Week Beginning April 16, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

As expected, most the world's major stock indices opened sharply lower last week. Most bottomed on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 10-11, and then rallied smartly into Thursday before pulling back again on Friday. On the decline into April 11, some indices took out their lows of March 6-7, and others did not, for another possible case of intermarket bullish divergence within the allowable orb for a geocosmic critical reversal. However, none closed strong enough to confirm the bottom is in, and with Mars changing direction this week, there is a possibility of a further sell off early this week as well. That is a powerful Level 1 signature, as reported in the studies published in "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing Volume 3: Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles." This signature has a very strong correlation to the completion of primary cycles in USA stock markets within seven trading days.

In the Far East and Pacific Rim, there were mixed signals. The Australian All Ordinaries index made its weekly low on April 11, well above its low of March 7. Hong Kong's Hang Seng and Tokyo's Nikkei indices also bottomed on April 11, but both were below their lows of March 7. All three rallied smartly into Friday for a case of intermarket bullish divergence. However the pattern was much different in India and China. India's Nifty index bottomed on March 29. It pulled back again April 11, but held the March 29 low, and rallied only modestly into the end of the week. China's Shanghai Composite also bottomed March 29, but has been strongly rising since then, suggesting its bottom is in. It may be time to consider re-investing in Chinese stocks.

In Europe, all four markets we track fell hard into April 11. They rallied into April 12, but began falling again as the week ended on Friday the 13th. In the case of the German DAX, the decline on Friday took out the low of Wednesday, whereas the AEX, FTSE and SMI all held those lows. Because they closed rather weak, there is danger that all could fall on Monday –perhaps very sharply - to lower lows. If not, then there will be a case of intermarket bullish divergence within a critical reversal zone here too. And even if they do fall lower, they could still give a buy signal, based on Mars turning direct, if they close strongly by the end of next week.

The USA stock indices also exhibited an excellent case of intermarket bullish divergence last week as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to 12,710 on Tuesday, April 10, slightly below its 12,735 low of March 6. However, both the S&P and NASDAQ remained well above their lows of March 6. The following day, all USA indices rallied sharply. Both the Bovespa of Brazil and Merval of Argentina bottomed on April 11, and both were lower than their lows of March 6-7.

Gold and Silver enjoyed healthy rallies last week, consistent with the bullish history of heliocentric Mercury transiting through Sagittarius (April 8-19). From a low of 1613 on April 4, Gold rallied up to 1681 just six days later on April 12. However, by Friday, they were headed down again. Our special Gold report last week covered this possibility, and set the probabilities for both the bullish and bearish case in that event. Equally important now is the U.S. Treasuries (Notes and Bonds), which are challenging their all-time highs as we head into this Mars stationary zone. This should be a very important week for determining the primary trend in many markets. That's oftentimes the case during the week Mars changes direction.

Short-Term Geocosmics

There are a lot of planetary changes of direction happening now. It is quite… cosmic.

As stated last week, "Mercury retrograde is over (thank goodness), but Mars remains retrograde for one more week. It goes direct on April 14. That is not the only planet changing direction this week. Pluto begins its 5-month retrograde motion on Tuesday, April 10. Therefore we are now entering a two-week period that will highlight the principles of Mars and Pluto, which is not exactly a walk in the park – unless you account for the stalkers hiding behind the trees and bushes." Well, that was interesting line in lieu of the "War on Women" and/or "War against Mothers" campaign being hurled by the Republicans and Democrats against one another last week. So it wasn't exactly a walk in the park after all and the stalkers hiding behind the bushes did attack on the subject of gender and economics, two classic areas (and with a classic behavioral action and reaction of "seek and destroy") for Mars and Pluto. I mean, really: do Republicans or Democrats honestly "wage a war" on women? Only during a presidential campaign that has Uranus and Pluto coming up in square aspect, and even then only when Mars and Pluto also change direction the same week. It takes a lot of maturity to make this stuff up.

I can't wait – as a Mundane Astrologer watching all this bizarre political behavior starting to unfold - until late June, when Uranus and Pluto actually make their first exact square, within hours of Venus and Saturn changing directions and Jupiter squaring Neptune. Just think of the rumors and over-the-top accusations that will come out then! It would be refreshing for the populace if the candidates and their spokespeople would just respectfully address the real issues, their real records, and their real visions for the country over the next four years instead of all of this distraction from what is real.

Did I mention that Neptune was now in Pisces too? I am not sure how real anything or any candidate or any party or their spokespeople will be this year. But I do know this: with Pluto in Capricorn, the public will demand honesty, accountability, and authenticity. The ones that provide it will likely emerge victorious. Those that don't… well, under these aspects, I don't think the public will be easily deceived or forgiving. This will be the year of revelations, so if you are hiding something potentially explosive, there is trouble ahead.

But back to today and next week. Mars turning retrograde on April 14 is not the only Level 1 signature in play right now. The Sun will be in opposition to Saturn on April 15, and both are close to natal planets in the chart of the New York Stock Exchange (May 17, 1792). Now many consulting astrologers might argue that Saturn in opposition to a Sun is a difficult time. But my personal experience is that it is often nearby to a peak life experience in terms of accomplishments. In terms of markets, it is a strong reversal signature, with a historical correlation of 73% to a primary cycle low or high within 11 trading days. Mars direct has a 75% correlation to the same, also within 11 trading days, and usually only seven. So the question is: was the three-year high of April 2 the primary cycle crest that correlates with these two signatures? Or is this current decline going to accelerate but quickly end up in a primary cycle low that coincides with these signatures? The study of cycles combined with certain technical studies will tell us which it is this time, and we may very well know that answer by the end of this week. The answer is important because it will most likely coincide with a very strong move –perhaps 10% or more – in the direction of the new or old primary cycle trend, and into the time when Venus turns retrograde on May 15.

Longer-Term Thoughts

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. It's not just the candidates and their spokespeople that are giving dubious messages that challenge the common sense, trust, and confidence of the populace, which can be symptomatic of a negative Piscean quality. Neptune and Pisces specifically pertain to "trust" - the very "trust" that is inherent in "mistrust." It also pertains specifically to vision. To be active and successful, it requires two things: faith and Saturn, and by Saturn I mean the principles of Saturn which are the ability to manifest that which is promised.

But as I was saying… it's not just the candidates who will be challenged to express a realistic vision of where we are going, but the Federal Reserve Board too. Part of the reason the market rallied over the past few weeks was because Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated his mantra of "low interest rates as long as I am here." And then the prior week another Fed governor. as well as the minutes released from the last Fed meeting, suggested that the Fed will not continue with "Operation Twist" or embark upon a third round of quantitative easing to force longer term rates down. The market - especially Gold and Silver - did not like that "different" message. And then on Wednesday of last week, another Fed governor (Janet Yellen, perhaps the next Fed chair) suggested there would be indeed be room for more Fed easing if necessary. So, will the Fed continue to support low long interest rates as Bernanke pledged, or will they step back now until the election is over as other Fed spokespeople infer?

Keep in kind that all of this has taken pace while Mars and much of Mercury was retrograde. I wouldn't take any of these words or interpretations seriously. We will get a much clearer idea of what is in store for the USA, for the world too for that matter, after summer begins – after the first passage of Uranus square Pluto, and Venus and Saturn turn direct. Then the truth comes out. And it may not be too pretty. I mean, Uranus square Pluto can be downright messy – even revolutionary - if not prepared for. But then again, how can anyone prepare for anything dealing with Uranus? It's the planet of surprises and the unexpected, and it will be with us in a very strong manner for the next three years. Consequently, financial markets are apt to be very wild. You are going to need some knowledge of Financial Astrology to navigate these times.

By the way, my eyes are getting better. Thank you to all who have asked recently. I had an exam yesterday, and my distortion has improved from 10 to somewhere between 2 and 4. The idea is to get back to zero distortion. If only that were true for today's political environment. Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Denver or Scottsdale in the next two weeks!


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The purpose of this column is not to predict the future movement of various financial markets. However, that is the purpose of the MMA (Merriman Market Analyst) subscription services. This column is not a subscription service. It is a free service, except in those cases where a fee may be assessed to cover the cost of translating this column from English into a non-English language.

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